Bust-length photograph signed "G Martinelli," dated April, 1934, and inscribed to Mr. Herman Amend. Giovanni MARTINELLI.

Bust-length photograph signed "G Martinelli," dated April, 1934, and inscribed to Mr. Herman Amend.

Ca. 253 x 202 mm. With handstamps "Martinelli Tenor" and "NBC Artists Service George Engles, Managing Director... N.Y." to verso.

Very slightly worn and soiled; small ink stains to verso.

Martinelli, an Italian tenor, sang for thirty one consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan opera, appearing in 926 performances in a total of 38 operas there. "Over the years Martinelli developed an unimpeachable technique and scrupulous style, and after the death of Caruso became the leading exponent of such dramatic and heroic roles as Verdi’s Manrico, Radames, Don Alvaro and, eventually, Otello. He displayed his skills as a singing actor in the roles of Samson and Eléazar (La Juive). The clarion ring of his upper register, the distinctness and purity of his declamation and the sustained legato phrasing made possible by remarkable breath control were the outstanding features of his mature style; he retained his vocal powers to an advanced age, making his final appearances as Emperor Altoum (Turandot) as late as 1967." Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #23865

Price: $65.00  other currencies

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